Hamamli is a town currently called Spitak in the Alexandropol uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Hamamli (Spitak) district, and currently in the Lori province. The provincial centre is located 15 km to the west of the town of Boyuk Garakilsa (Vanadzor), in the upper reaches of the Pambak River, at a height of 1,530 m above sea level. It was integrated into the Pambak-Shorayel region invaded by Russia in 1801. In the 19th century, according to the newly-established administrative division, it was integrated into the Alexandropol uezd of the former Iravan governorate. Following the establishment of Soviet power in the territory of present-day Armenia, it was subordinated to the Lori-Pambak uezd. It was marked in “The Iravan Province Review Book” and on the five-verst map of the Caucasus.

The village was initially inhabited by the Azerbaijanis, who gradually left it following the settlement of Armenians in the region. Until 1937, it had been subordinated to the Garakilsa (Gugark) district.

The toponym “Hamamli” was formed by adding the identifying suffix “-li” to the personal name “Hamam”.

On 31 December 1937, the district Hamamli was established. By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 26 September 1949, the town was renamed “Spitak”. According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative territory of the Lori province.

Geographical coordinates: latitude: 40°50’ N., longitude: 44°16’ E.